GENERAL MEETING MINUTES OCTOBER 18

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES OCTOBER 18

Present – Joannie Andrews, Chair, Madeleine Davis, Vice Chair, Mike Lordan, Treasurer, Brigette Barker, Christine Chaffin, Cyril Duff, Norma Francis, Tom McGoldrick, Kevin O’Neil, Andrew Westcott, Nik Wood

From Peabody – Ijay Onyechi, Tiago D’Cruz and Richard Ellis

And 18 residents.

Apologies for absence – Philip Attwood, Mark Guthrie, John & Jill Horwood Sandra McLeod and Rosie Walker.

LETTINGS AND TRANSFER POLICY AND PRACTICE

Tiago D’Cruz set out the process by which key worker lettings were advertised to employees of accredited key worker organisations who had registered an interest. Homes were offered to them for two weeks, those longest on the list were given priority and viewings were organised in batches of five.

If insufficient interest was expressed the homes were then advertised as “share to buy” intended as low rent to allow savings for a mortgage.

Residents present offered evidence that the time available was too short, that those with longer term registration were not given priority, that viewing during the working day was unhelpful, and that the build up to 1488 people registered showed that homes were not being let to them effectively.

Residents present presented evidence that the rent levels set of key worker homes were too high for those on basic level key worker wages. Peabody’s assertion that 3 and 2 bed homes were not in demand was explained by the excessive rents charged. Rent setting in accordance with the Mayor of London’s calculations presumed higher incomes than the target tenants.

Following a forcefully expressed explanation of these concerns and of our opposition to the rent increase regime Ijay Onyechi agreed to accept a presentation from us on the workings of these interrelated schemes which she was reviewing.

SALES

Richard Ellis reported that all three of the homes which had been put up for auction had been withdrawn. The only explanation was that they had discovered that 38 Gore Road was a lateral conversion. He said the other two were being reviewed by The Chief Executive but gave no details of what was to be considered. He said we would be consulted about the decision.

Forceful opposition to the excessive use of the 10% disposal option in the privatisation contract was expressed. The defence that sales funded new build, such as Morpeth Road, was greeted with scepticism.

CAMPAIGNING

It was agreed to continue to pursue press links and other campaigning options on both the lettings & renting issues and on the sales and to fund legal advice.

MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER COMMITTEE MEETING      Agreed

TREASURER’S REPORT

Mike Lordan reported that there had been no transaction during September, the closing balance remaining at £6.696.45.

EXTERNALS

It was agreed that The Chair should write to Peabody seeking compensation for the protracted periods of disruption by scaffolding proposed by this programme’s management.

Other issues to be pursued by Joannie, Nik and residents themselves.

CHRISTCHURCH ESTATE

Mark Guthrie had reported that pothole and other maintenance was proceeding and that concerns at the tree surgeons’ approach had been responded to.

BONNER ROAD NOTICE BOARD

Nik reported that Rosie Walker’s efforts to get this mended had at last borne fruit. Rosie was thanked with applause.